Who are the heavyweights? (And we’re not just talking Ricky "Witness the Fitness" Martin!)
After this week’s surprise double firing, which saw the sickeningly sweet Gabby and the master of deflection Stephen booted off, we are down to just five contestants in this series of The Apprentice. Stepping into the grizzly shoes of Lord Sugar, we take a slightly biased look at the remaining candidates, and whom we predict will be crowned this series’ winner. Have your say using the poll!
Ricky Martin—A professional wrestler with the name of a Latino pop star? Amazing find. Ricky once declared himself "the reflection of perfection," and, while I wouldn’t go that far, he certainly has kept us entertained during the series, not least during the fitness regime task, where he just seemed to use it as an opportunity to reveal all about his love of bodybuilding and wrestling. In a sentence: A lyrca one piece away from being a caricature of himself.
Tom Gearing—Director of a fine wine investment company, Tom seemed to use the English sparkling wine task as an opportunity to get sloshed with Adam; cue several takes of him just trying to pronounce the name of the product he’s supposed to be endorsing. Comes up with some good ideas at times, although in the boardroom, seems to just sit and pout. In a sentence: Less pouty, more talky needed.
Adam Corbally—If Del Boy was northern he’d be Adam. A fruit and veg wholesaler, he naturally excelled on the business start up task, making full use of his market trader background, much to Karren’s amusement. Wholly surprised that he hasn’t uttered the immortal line "I think Lord Sugar sees a bit of himself in me," though it must be on the tip of his tongue. In a sentence: Probably wondering if he can sell the next task out of a suitcase.
Nick Holzherr—The one who seems to be wearing a small animal on his head. Said animal obviously requires constant attention, as he can’t seem to leave it alone. Doesn’t detract from the glimmers of brilliance that he sometimes exhibits, and he is my personal favourite to win. In a sentence: Foppish hair disguises astute businessman; BoJo of the boardroom.
Jade Nash—The only female left in the running after the departure of Gabby this week. Very shrewd, although am a little worried by her lack of numeracy skills, even when using a calculator; "I can do it if I round the numbers." Has become BFFs with Adam during the process, despite early misgivings about him. In a sentence: Not afraid to make her feelings well known.
UPDATE: Our week-long poll showed that the clear favourite to win was Nick Holzherr, with 67% of the vote. After his close shave this week (all pun intended!), he scraped through to the final, in which we will discover whether he has what it takes to be Lord Sugar's business partner.